One of the biggest selling points for next-generation consoles such as the PS5 or Xbox Series X is support for games running at 120fps on TVs and monitors that include 120Hz modes. Although we’ve already seen a number of new games for the Xbox and PS5 running at 120fps, some existing games are only updated at 120fps for the Xbox Series X, but not for the PS5.
Both Call of Duty: Warzone and Rocket League, for example, it only includes 120fps support in the Xbox Series X. Activision hasn’t just commented on why Military zone The Xbox Series X has this support, but Rocket League developer Psyonix revealed Eurogamer that is more complicated to be activated by the PS5.
“Enabling 120Hz on Xbox Series X | S is a minor adjustment, but activating it on the PS5 requires a full native port due to how console backward compatibility is applied and unfortunately it is not possible due to our focus elsewhere, ”explains Psyonix in a statement to Eurogamer.
The PS5 can run existing PS4 games at 120fps, but obviously there is more work for developers to activate. In the short term, this may mean that we will see more cases of games running on the PS5 without 120fps, but appearing in the Xbox Series X with a higher frame rate.
It was easier for developers to implement this on the Xbox Series X because Microsoft built 120 Hz support into the Xbox One years ago. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S have also been updated to support variable refresh rate in 2018, along with an option for 1440p video output. Sony has just started supporting 120Hz with the PS5, but the console still doesn’t support 1440p mode.
Support at 120 frames per second will not be a problem in the long run, as more developers will create their own PS5 games. But as developers continue to release intergenerational games for the Xbox One and PS4, then there will likely be a combination of what is supported. However, there are signs that this can be improved. Bungie plans to update Fate 2 on December 8 with 120 frames per second support for both the Xbox Series X and the PS5 for its crucible mode.